Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton Occupy Country Charts for Another Week

Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban Have Highest Album, Song Debuts

Scotty McCreery and Blake Shelton seem to have taken over the Occupy Billboard movement.

For the third week in a row, McCreery’s Clear as Day ranks as Billboard’s reigning country album. And it’s two straight weeks at No. 1 for Shelton’s “God Gave Me You.”

Watch your back, guys. There’s a mob headed your way — and they’re all carrying ladders.

Only two new albums to spotlight: Montgomery Gentry’s Rebels on the Run, galloping in at No. 9, and the various-artist EP, A Very Country Christmas, sticking its foot in the door at No. 75.

Dolly Parton’s Better Day re-enters at No. 50.

Six songs check in for the first time, led by Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” at No. 45.” The others are the Farm’s “Home Sweet Home” (No. 54), Uncle Kracker’s “My Home Town” (No. 56), Wade Bowen’s “Saturday Night” (No. 58), Gloriana’s “(Kissed You) Good Night” (No. 59) and George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” (No. 60).

Bunching up directly behind Clear as Day in this week’s Top 5 country albums parade are Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night, Lauren Alaina’s Wildflower, the multi-artist soundtrack to the film Footloose and Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, in that order.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are the Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl,” Strait’s “Here for a Good Time,” Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” (leapfrogging from No. 9) and Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly.”

It’s rare for a husband and wife to occupy the Top 5 at the same time. So how about a raucous cheer and a shrill whistle or two for Blake and Miranda?

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to